Local News

Roxboro Residents Get Light Icing

Posted January 15, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— The Virginia border counties are always the first to get the bad weather. Person County is no different. Wednesday night, Roxboro faced a threat of ice. And although freezing rain was reported, some local residents were prepared for far worse.

From the slow sales at the IGA in Roxboro, it seemed the ice storms up north were having no effect down south. But some resident like Sadie Dunn were taking no chances. Sadie was stocking up on juice, soda, liver pudding, vienna sausages and toilet tissue.

When wintry weather is in the forecast, the DOT kicks into action. Freezing rain can ice up the roads quickly. Wednesday night, DOT trucks were resting up for what was expected to be a long day ahead.

Maintenance Engineer Bill Timberlake said the plows were ready to be mounted. The trucks were fueled, and employees were prepared to be mobilized.

As it turned out, air and road temperatures were warm enough when the rain arrived to prevent freezing on trees and power lines. CP&L didn't have to worry despite the fact they had plenty of crews ready to go. Some 10% of CP&L crews are up north assisting with the efforts to restore power there.

Person County was reporting ice forming on cars, as of the Noon hour. However, ice was not forming on trees or power lines. No road problems have been reported.